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Mark Parisi participates in medical trials that can pay five figure sums

Between six and seven million people in the UK take statins every day to lower 'bad cholesterol' in the blood

Commonly prescribed statins can impair memory, says study

Between six and seven million people in the UK take the medicines every day to lower 'bad cholesterol' in the blood

Lord Sugar sided with Leah Totton in the final of The Apprentice

Yes, we need to take down cosmetic surgery cowboys. But the Apprentice's Leah Totton won't be the first to try

The industry has been calling for stiffer regulation for some time

Warning over GM fish: hybrid salmon can breed with wild species and harm ecosystem

Genetically modified salmon could escape into the wild with devastating consequences for the ecosystem, a new study has warned.

Bexarotene, sold under the name Targretin, had caused ripples of excitement across the medical profession, following high profile research that suggested it could be used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Pioneering method of treating Alzheimer’s discredited by scientists

Bexarotene, sold under the name Targretin, had caused ripples of excitement across the medical profession

FDA appeals against making 'morning-after' pill available to all ages

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday appealed a court order directing the agency to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

Poll: Has ‘Pig 26’ changed your opinion on GM food?

As The Independent reported yesterday, scientists have developed a new method of creating genetically-modified animals that addresses one of the principal objections of the anti-GM movement.

Civil Service in revolt after being told to spend more time at their desks

Mandarins in London get an extra hour off each week because of their longer commute

Reckitt Benckiser hurt as rivals steal heroin march

Shares in Reckitt Benckiser took a tumble yesterday on news that its competitors will be able to make heroin-dependency drugs to compete with the consumer goods group.

Truth about DMAA: what is the diet drug linked to the death of charity marathon runner Claire Squires?

First patented in 1944 as a nasal decongestant, 1-3 di-methylhexanamine (DMAA) has recently become a popular dietary supplement promoting fat loss and boosting energy.

Scientists develop nanoparticle method to help tackle major diseases

Scientists have developed a way of modifying a microscopic particle which could offer a new approach to tackling major diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, asthma and food allergies.

5-hour Energy, which is marketed as a pick-me-up, is under investigation by the Food and Drug Administation

Health alert over energy 'shot' drinks

MP calls for ban on sale to under-16s after 13 deaths in the US have sparked safety questions

A new report raises concerns about Afghan troops drinking too many high energy drinks

Energy-drinking troops experience sleepiness on the job

US service members in Afghanistan battle zones who consumed three or more caffeine-charged energy drinks a day were prone to sleepiness and dozing off while on guard duty, according to a report.

Rare US meningitis outbreak grows

An outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis is likely to grow after killing four people and sickening 26 in five US states, health officials warned.

Market Report: Allergy given a hay fever shot in the arm

Punters in Allergy Therapeutics were breathing a little bit easier yesterday. The Aim-listed drugs company was enjoying a revival after regulators in the States finally decided to rescue its grass pollen allergy vaccine from limbo.

Small Talk: Seed scheme wins high praise – but there's still a downside

"If the investment doubles in value, your tax-free profit represents a gain of more than 800 per cent"
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee